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Start-up Profile: Pristine Is Bringing Google Glass to the Hospital

Patients’ lives could be saved by streaming video to specialists

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Surgeon viewing Pristine software
Head’s Up, Doc: Pristine’s software lets surgeons stream video to students while wearing Google Glass headsets in the operating room.
Photo: Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register/Corbis

The phrase “the doctor will see you now” may soon mean something new. Pristine, a start-up out of Austin, Texas, has developed a telemedicine app for Google Glass that will let hospital staff send real-time audio and video to specialists, wherever they may be.

Pristine cofounder Kyle Samani was working for a health-care IT company in early 2013 when Google announced the launch of Glass, which packs many of the functions of a smartphone into a sleek head-mounted device. He immediately saw Glass’s potential for hospitals. “A hands-free computer in health care makes a lot of sense,” Samani says. Doctors wouldn’t have to worry about picking up bacteria by handling a tablet or typing on a keyboard, he says, and they could interact with their patients without turning away to enter data. “As soon as Google announced Glass, I started working on this,” Samani says.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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